January 15, 2006


Candid candidate: Hackett calls ’em like he sees ’em (JOE HALLETT, 1/15/06, Columbus Dispatch)

For four of us from The Dispatch public-affairs team who met him for the first time last week, [Paul] Hackett’s candor was extra sugar in our coffee. [...]

With succinct coherence, Hackett said: "I’m pro-choice, I’m pro-gayrights, I’m pro-gun-rights. Call me nuts, but I think they’re all based on the same principle and that is we don’t need government dictating to us how we live our private lives."

Asked to define being pro-gayrights, Hackett said anybody who tries to deny homosexuals the same rights, including marriage, as every other citizen is un-American. Are you saying, he was asked, that the 62 percent of Ohioans who voted in November 2004 to constitutionally deny same-sex marriages are un-American? [...]

"The Republican Party has been hijacked by the religious fanatics that, in my opinion, aren’t a whole lot different than Osama bin Laden and a lot of the other religious nuts around the world," he said.

When you let the whacko fringe of the Democratic Party dictate who candidates are going to be, this is what you're going to end up with. Meanwhile, Republicans will end up winning the elections.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 15, 2006 10:22 AM

Works for me.

Posted by: erp at January 15, 2006 11:14 AM

If we can Joe Liberman to move to Ohio, we can guarantee him Mike Dewine's seat.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at January 15, 2006 11:55 AM

Well, being pro-gun is a step in the right direction, but there is more to it than mere words. Any politician who wants to be pro-gun is going to have to ante up with concrete support for the pro-gun agenda, which includes such things as hunting and range rights, advancing right-to-carry, and protection of lawful commerce in arms.

Gun people take names and we have lists.

Posted by: Lou Gots at January 15, 2006 12:14 PM

I was born and raised in Ohio and not too far from the Columbus area. Lieberman would probably be the first democrat since FDR in 1932 to carry my home district. Hackett would be lucky to get 10 votes in the whole area.

When you say pro-gun you had better be able to back that one up and the rest of his beliefs look like losing propositions to me. He may be a nice guy but his program looks like a winner in Cleveland, Toledo, maybe Akron and Columbus, but nowhere else in the state - and that is where most of the people live, not in the cities but in the small towns. After all the state has 88 counties and almost all of them have a county seat of 10-15 thousand people and the population is pretty spread out in the conservative areas.

Posted by: dick at January 15, 2006 12:33 PM

The problem with the MoveOn/Kos/DU types is that while DeWine is in a bit of trouble and could probably be beaten by a Democratic stealth candidate -- i.e.one polished enough to be circumspect about his core beliefs and career-driven enough not to act on the ones he/she knows are losers with the public -- the far left of the party puushed folks like Hackett, and think they have it figured out to the point that they can throw one or two bones to the public (gun control and I served in Iraq in Hackett's case) which then allows the candidate to say anything he wants on every other issue.

In a way it's a bit noble, since they're putting their beliefs out there for everyone to see. But it's also not the way to elect a candidate, as Kos' 0-for-forever record in supporting candidates going into this year's elections shows.

Posted by: John at January 15, 2006 12:41 PM

get a klown like hackett into a debate and you can leave his guts all over the podium.

Posted by: toe at January 15, 2006 4:44 PM

Don't forget, Hackett is the one who said that Americans don't pay enough taxes.

Sounds like he's fronting for Kofi Annan.

Posted by: jim hamlen at January 16, 2006 8:58 AM

Hackett won't even be the Dem nominee, alas. Congressman Sherrod Brown will be it. He is a much more conventional liberal, he shares every view with Hackett except he is also anti-gun.

Posted by: Bob at January 16, 2006 9:31 AM

The nest runner up for an American Gracchi, anyone. Plus anyone told Hackett, it's very
hard to be pro-choice and gay rights; as
sex selection by the former, cancels out the

Posted by: narciso at January 16, 2006 4:42 PM